The Chicago Bears are looking at a potentially massive hole to fill in their skill positions this offseason. Wide receiver Allen Robinson is a free agent and if they are unable to re-sign him, they would have arguably the weakest group of pass-catchers in the NFL. Could a trade for Eagles star tight end Zach Ertz be in the cards?
Robinson had a great season, catching 102 passes for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns. Darnell Mooney, who was second on the team in receiving, compiled half of those stats in the same amount of games. Mooney and Anthony Miller, the No. 3 wide receiver, barely reached Robinson’s stats when combined.
If the Bears are unable to bring Robinson back, they will have to get creative in filling the void. They could look to target a wide receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft. Or, if Nick Foles remains with the team and is starting at quarterback in 2021, his old favorite target in Zach Ertz.
The Eagles tight end could see his tenure with the franchise end this offseason. Fitting Ertz into their long-term plans is a difficult thing to foresee, especially with Dallas Goedert ready to assume the starting role. As a result, acquiring Ertz was named the daring move for the Bears to pull off this offseason.
Reuniting Foles with one of his favorite targets in Ertz should help him get on track and rekindle some of the success he had during the Super Bowl run in 2019. As mentioned in the ESPN article, Foles and Ertz had good chemistry in gaining first downs and avoiding three-and-outs, something the Bears need to do more of in 2021.
Acquiring Zach Ertz would also enable the Bears to get creative with some bigger packages. Kmet had some flashes in his rookie season and is a high ceiling prospect long-term. They are both good pass catchers, but could also help in the run game, something the Bears began finding success in from Thanksgiving on with David Montgomery.
While acquiring Ertz wouldn’t fill the need at wide receiver, he would give the Bears another reliable pair of hands. He could also help Kmet develop just as he did with Goedert in Philadelphia.
The price to acquire Ertz also shouldn’t be too high, as the Eagles know they cannot retain him long-term. Getting anything for him is better than nothing if he was cut or allowed to walk next offseason as a free agent.